Frequently asked questions (FAQ) about the 5th year full-time day school at The Institute of Education.
Q. What is the procedure for entry to 5th Year?
A. Applications are invited from motivated and focused students who wish to achieve their full academic potential. Students applying should have a minimum of 4 Higher Level Grade C’s in the Junior Cert (or have an expectation of same). Please return a completed application form with the requested documentation. Interviews for eligible students & their parents will be scheduled with our Guidance Counsellor.
Q. Will my son/daughter have guidance in choosing subjects and levels?
A. Yes, we have a dedicated and experienced guidance team to assist students in the selection of appropriate subjects and levels.
Q. Will all students who are interviewed for 5th Year be accepted?
A. No. The interview process selects students who meet the criteria and whom we feel will best benefit from our programme.
Q. What is the range of subjects which a student can take at the Institute of Education?
A. Students can choose from a range of 24 subjects. There are no subject restrictions – students can do any combination.
Q. How long is each class?
A. The duration of each class is 55 minutes.
Q. What are the study facilities?
A. Supervised study is available to students Monday – Friday from 8.30 am – 5.00 pm.
Q. If my child has a specific learning difficulty will the Institute of Education provide him/her with learning support?
A. There is a fully qualified resource teacher. Individualised support programmes are tailored to the student’s learning difficulties.
Q. What is the dress code?
A. There is no uniform at The Institute of Education, but all students must present themselves neatly and dress appropriately for a school setting. Inappropriate dress will not be tolerated.
Q. Are there any extra curricular activities?
A. Yes. There is a range of activities from which students may choose: e.g. soccer, kickboxing, debating, chess & creative writing. All activities are subject to numbers.
Q. Will my son/daughter have access to computers?
A. Yes. There is a computer room where students may undertake Leaving Certificate projects.
Q. What is the disciplinary procedure?
A. The disciplinary procedure is fully outlined in our Institute of Education Code of Behaviour and Discipline Booklet which is sent to students who have accepted their place and paid a deposit. Students and parents/guardians must agree to comply fully with the rules of the school and indicate their acceptance by signing the relevant agreement sheet.
Q. What happens during a free class?
A. Students must either be in class or in supervised study.
Q. What are the lunch facilities?
A. There are two lunch rooms for students who bring a packed lunch. There is also a canteen on campus, which serves hot and cold food for those who wish to buy lunch. Students may not leave the school during their lunch break
Q. May students leave the school at other times?
A. No. Students must never leave the school without permission. Parents must inform the school in the event of a student needing to leave for any reason (as stated in The Code of Behaviour & Discipline Booklet).
Q. What happens if a student cannot come to school, is going to be late, or has a doctor’s appointment etc?
A. Parents must take responsibility to inform the school before 10.00am if any of the above situations occur, otherwise the student will be marked absent. If visiting a doctor or dentist a note from same must be provided.
Q. How can parents keep track of students’ progress?
A. There are a number of ways in which parents may do this. Class test results are available through our online system – Moodle. There are Parent/Teacher Meetings in February, & parents will also receive end of term results at Christmas, Easter & Summer. Parents can also contact the school where staff are always happy to discuss their student’s progress.
Q. Is there any pastoral care in the school?
A. Yes. Students may have appointments with the Guidance Counsellor/Student Adviser and/or the two Deputy Principals to talk through any issues or concerns.
Q. What happens when my son/daughter finishes school each day?
A. The Institute of Education is not responsible for students once they leave the building. However, we strongly advise parents/guardians to be vigilant and monitor the time and activities between leaving school and arriving home.
Q. Will students transfer automatically to 6th year at the end of 5th year?
A. No. Behaviour, academic performance, attendance and punctuality in the 5th year are all taken into account in deciding progression to 6th year.